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Asian Studies - South Asian Studies

University of Michigan

24 months
50646 USD/year
50646 USD/year
25230 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Center for Asian Studies - South Asian Studies awards a master's degree for studies concentrating on South Asia. The MA Program offered by the University of Michigan provides students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to these studies while allowing the flexibility to pursue individual areas of interest.


One feature of the MA in Asian Studies - South Asian Studies Program at the University of Michigan is a required one semester interdisciplinary graduate course in South Asian Studies, which provides a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue and intensive interaction among MA students and leading South Asia faculty. 

Courses must be taken in at least three different disciplines, and the requirements include a Master’s Essay on a topic of the student’s choosing.

Why Study South Asia at Michigan?

  • World Class Faculty

Over 40 faculty dedicated to research, scholarship and professional activities in South Asia, with expertise in all the South Asian countries.

  • Excellent Resources

With more than 300,000 titles in various formats (including 70,000 monographs and 1500 current serials), the South Asia Collection at the University of Michigan Library is among the world’s richest. In addition, the University Museum maintains several world-renowned collections of South Asian materials. 

Our students also enjoy access to the University of Michigan’s language Resource Center and training in a diverse array of South Asian languages. In addition to those regularly offered by the Center for South Asian Studies, students and faculty regularly participate in the events and programs offered by the many other international centers and programs supported by the International Institute at the University of Michigan.

  • Strong Connections

Over the years our faculty and students have developed strong relationships with South Asian governments and Non-Government-Organizations (NGOs), businesses, universities, and research institutions. 

Our students enjoy access to these groups through summer internships, fellowships for research and study abroad, and regular opportunities to interact with visiting scholars and officials in the Center’s scholarly lecture series and public outreach programming. Our alumni enjoy exciting careers in government, business, academia, and the professions.

  • Amazing Classmates

Our students are second to none, and come from a range of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. They regularly win competitive national fellowships, and are actively in scholarly venues, public service, and both local and international political organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Statistics
  • Linguistics
  • Social Theory
  • Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Junior/Senior Research Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Mandatory And Advisory Prerequisites
  • Transcripts And Wes Evaluation
  • Gmat Or Gre Scores
  • Current Resume
  • Essays
  • Recommendations
  • Interview
  • Nonrefundable Application Fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    50646 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50646 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    25230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25230 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ann Arbor

1025 - 1870 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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